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Sponsors, participants in sight program appreciated

The Forest Grove Lions Club would like to thank all the sponsors and participants of the 14th annual Run/Walk for Sight. Pacific University’s Optometry School has partnered with us since the first event in 2001.

For the second year, Doherty Ford was our headline sponsor, and was joined by more than 60 other local businesses and individuals. More than 200 participants ran either a 10K or 5K, or walked in a 5K. A Tot Trot was also held for children.

The $10,000 net proceeds will be used to provide eye care for those who can’t afford exams and eyeglasses, equipment for the Optometry School, and financial help for the AMIGOs’ (optometry students) worldwide missions to provide vision care and eyeglasses in developing countries.

Red Rowley

Forest Grove

Riley has right background to serve in Senate

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working for Chuck Riley’s Oregon Senate campaign. He’s a real person, not a stereotypical politician, and he listened to my request for creation of new laws that would protect pedestrians, cyclists and others who don’t always fare well in collisions with vehicles. I know if he’s elected he will do something about it.

His service in the Air Force and as a three-term state legislator have been honorable and marked by intelligence and integrity. His background as a farm kid and a business owner prepare him to set priorities that protect farms and small businesses in Washington County. His integrated approach to funding schools, increasing access to job training and supporting veterans and working class families will give the county a solid employee base. His support of small businesses will give those groups solid employment.

I think you’ll like Chuck Riley, as I do.

Dean Sigler

Aloha

County needed wake-up call

Recently, a family of four perished at the Sain Creek Picnic Area on Hagg Lake, so I initiated a wake-up call to Washington County.

On Sept. 6, knowing I would be arrested, I installed signs warning swimmers and waders of the imminent danger of the hidden underwater dropoff. I was detained and given a citation to appear with a presumptive fine of $5,000.

The next day, my signs had been removed, but in just a few days the county was forced to put up permanent warning signs. It was also announced that the charges against me would be dropped.

It is great to see our democratic system (finally) work! I wish to thank:

n Our community members, who made this all possible, with special thanks to the outstanding members of our press, including Nancy Townsley and Jill Rehkopf Smith of the Forest Grove News-Times; Dillon Pilorget, Kelsey O’Halloran and Samantha Swindler of the Forest Grove Leader; Rebecca Woolington and Ian Kullgren of the Hillsboro Argus; Everton Bailey Jr. of the Beaverton Leader; Molly Harbarger of the Oregonian, the Oregonian editorial board; and Steven DuBois of AP.

n Our excellent TV news reporters: Stephen Mayer of Channel 2, Ellen Hansen of Channel 6, Nina Mehlhaf of Channel 8, the news staff of Channel 10, Kim Eiten of Channel 12 and NBC News.

n The support of radio, such as OPB and KPAM greats Terry Boyd and Mark & Dave.

n Our courageous Washington County peace officers, including Sheriff Pat Garrett, public information officer Sgt. Bob Ray, admirable Sgt. Jerry Roley and the other fine officers on hand at the time of my arrest.

n Our hard-working county government folks, such as Chairman Andy Duyck, County Commissioner Bob Terry, communications officer Philip Bransford, District Attorney Bob Hermann and chief deputy DA Roger Hanlon.

n Personal highly esteemed friends, including Ken & Kris Bilderback, Connie Crooker and several very important behind-the-scenes confidants.

n Heroic individuals, such as lifesavers Jessica Maclean and family, Kyle Giesbers of the Eagle Scouts, Storm Smith of the Safe Kids Coalition of Washington County and all the admirable public who voiced the need for change.

It is sad the recent tragedy of lost lives started us on this journey. The spirits of Jova Ixtacua-Castano, Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua, Michael Garcia-Ixtacua and Jeremy Scholl all guided me through this. Their gentle strength made our world a safer place for all.

Michael Medill

Gaston

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